Boy going blind makes visual 'bucket list'

BOSTON - A 12-year-old New Zealand boy who is losing his sight is trying to complete a visual bucket list before he goes blind.

His number one wish was to go to Boston to see his beloved Celtics play a game. Thanks to a Boston-based software firm, he got his wish.

The hat and the smile say it all. Louis Corbett is happy to be in Boston, ready to see the Celtics.

"Quite excited yeah for the game, and yeah, it should be great. Yeah," he said.

Reporter: "Can you believe this is happening?"

"No, not really," he said.

Louis is on his dream tour, doing stuff he always wanted to do before he goes blind because of retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disorder.

"I told Louis and his family kind of the day and night efforts that myself and the people here in the lab are doing to move this field forward to break down hurdles," said

Louis, his brother, and dad all visited with researchers at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Tuesday, learning much progress is being made on his and other disorders, but the work takes time and money.

"For some of these disorders it's a matter of years, or even less. Depending on the particular gene defect, the development path for one of these gene defects could take as long as 5-10 years," said Dr. Luk Vandenberghe.

So now this 12-year-old from New Zealand is concentrating on Boston, the Bruins, the Celtics, and seeing all he can while he can, building memories he'll hold forever.

"Five weeks ago we didn't know this was happening at all. And here we are. We've been through Google, we've been through San Francisco, Disneyland, and now we're in Boston," said Louis' father.

"I've never been to America so it'll be quite a new experience and it's quite a big experience this time. And it will just be fun seeing the game and meeting the eye optometrist person," said Louis.

Louis' two older brothers have the same rare disease. Some of the other places on his sight-seeing bucket list: the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, and the Empire State building.


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